The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has announced the appointment of Robin Howie of Stockport, England as the Chair of the Men’s Rules Committee. Robin begins this position immediately and will focus initially on preparing rule change proposals for the 2016 FIL General Assembly, to be held in Coquitlam, Canada, 4-5 July 2016.
Howie brings a wealth of international lacrosse experience to his new role as FIL Men’s Rules Committee Chair, having worked at three world championships. Howie trained and organised all minor bench officials at the 2010 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship and 2012 FIL Men’s U19 World Championship. At the 2014 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship, he was the administrator for the officials and received the first Graham Lester Spirit of Lacrosse Award.
Howie also currently serves as Secretary for the English Lacrosse Men’s Referees and Rules Committee, recently editing the current version of the English Lacrosse men’s rulebook and issuing guidelines on the new field dimensions.
Terry Harding, FIL Director of Men’s Lacrosse, commented on Howie’s appointment, “We are delighted to have a leader of Robin’s experience and talent assume this critical role. Robin has been involved in the management of the officials at the past three men’s championship. We look forward to working with Robin as we grow the sport of lacrosse around the world.”
Howie had this to say about his new role with FIL: “The first question we should ask when reviewing rule changes is ‘does it improve the game of lacrosse?’ I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with colleagues from around the world to help guide our game forward and to build on the work of my highly respected predecessors.”
Howie has been involved with lacrosse for over 18 years. It began with managing, coaching and then refereeing for Cheadle Hulme, his second son’s junior club team in England’s Juniors and Schools league. He stayed involved with his son’s lacrosse development over the next few years, becoming a chief bench official and timekeeper for senior, county and varsity games.
Although his son graduated in 2009, Howie continues to referee for the club and assist with the Northern Flag Finals, British Nationals, touring sides and other junior & senior tournaments. Robin’s son David currently plays for Walcountain Blues Lacrosse Club and has represented Wales at the last two World Championships and the last European Championships.
On the North of England Juniors and Schools Committee, Howie served as the fixture secretary and ran the inter-club tournaments for three age groups. While serving on the committee, he devised the game allocation matrix that is still being utilised for the tournaments.
English Lacrosse would like to congratulate Robin on his appointment and wish him luck in this prestigious and critical role for the men’s game.